Utility Rate Update
Planned 5% Rate Increase Proposed
The Board of Trustees held a utility rate work session on Oct. 24, 2023 Work Session. In summary, a 5% water and sewer rate increase was recommended in alignment with the water rate study completed in 2022. If adopted, rate changes would go into effect in January 2024.
Our community completed a comprehensive water and sewer rate study in 2022 that aligned the values that matter to Wellington with the financial reality of the utility. Changes were made to prioritize the lowest cost for essential water services and ensure new development continues to pay its way. A 5% yearly increase was included in the plan to keep up with the rising cost of providing water and sewer service.
- Infrastructure Maintenance: Upgrading current infrastructure to meet changing regulations and replace systems that have been in use for decades.
- The rising cost of raw water: The rising cost of raw water is impacting the Town of Wellington's annual budget, with a cost increase of 280% in the last five years.
- Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to ever-evolving water quality and safety regulations requires additional investments.
- Resilience: Preparing for extreme weather events and emergencies, such as droughts and floods, is vital to maintaining a reliable water and sewer system.
We understand that even a small rate increase is a burden, and we're actively exploring ways to minimize its impact on our residents. We're also working to ensure that the rate adjustment is fair and equitable for our various types of ratepayers.
There will be opportunities for you to share your feedback and concerns before any final decisions are made. We're here to listen to your thoughts and ideas.
|Residential Water Rates
|Base Rate (0.75 Inch tap)
|Tier 1 up to 3,000 gallons
|Tier 2 3,001-7,000 gallons
|Tier 3 7,001-20,000 gallons
|Base Rate (Service Line Fee)
|$13.95 does not include gallons
- Is the Town looking into grant funding for the needed Wastewater and Water Treatment Plant Expansions?
- If voters approve, can sales tax from Marijuana be used for the water fund?
- What is a sinking fund and is it necessary?
- What is an enterprise fund?
- Is the Town going to slow growth to accommodate for the water and wastewater capacity challenge?
- What is an impact fee and how does it work?
- What is the 2-year and 5-year plan for addressing treatment capacity issues?
- Why do we need an expansion at the Wastewater Treatment Plant?
- If growth was just stopped, would we need a wastewater plant expansion?
- What will we do between now and 2024 when the wastewater plant comes online?
- Why is there a tier structure and what does it cost?
- Is the Town doing anything to slow down growth?
- Does Wellington’s water meet Water Quality Standards?
- What is the difference between Water and Wastewater?
- How do Wellington’s utility rates compare to other communities?
- I need help paying my water bill, who should I contact?
- What is the timeline for the water rates decision?
- Are we raising rates paid by new development?
- What water fees and rates are charged for new construction homes? How do new construction fees help pay for water infrastructure?
- When was the last time rates were increased?
- What is the Town doing with the bulk dispensing water machine?
- What other options will the town pursue to handle the water issues?
- Have you considered incentives for xeriscaping current homes and restrictions on landscaping with new builds?
- Have you considered conducting a long-term plan that reflects our values and needs for growth and community life?
- Are there other options such as joining another water district or starting our own?
- When is the water plant being built?
- Where do we get our water from?
- Can we remove grass lawns to save water?
- Where can we find an explanation of why rates are being increased?
- Why aren’t developers charged more to develop in Wellington?